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The Apothecary in Inglewood touts essential oils and wellness for the whole family

March 13, 2018

Jill Hawker has had the soul of an entrepreneur since she was a child playing ‘store.’ For the past six years, she’s been living her childhood dream as owner of The Apothecary in Inglewood.

Meant to be a “one-stop shop for the whole family,” The Apothecary in Inglewood carries more than 130 of its own pure essential oils and blended synergies, natural bath and body products by All Things Jill – her wholesale company, and a myriad of other local talent in the health, wellness, and home goods industry.

“It’s more than just the standard set of essential oils,” Jill explains. “We have multiple strains of basics like lavender and frankincense for different uses with a therapeutic, educational focus in mind.”

The zero-waste lifestyle has become a new focus for The Apothecary in Inglewood as well. In the past year, they expanded to include a refill station, where customers can bring in their empty Apothecary bottles and jars to replenish at a lower cost.

“I was inspired by a store called The Soap Dispensary in Vancouver,” Jill says. “The entire store is refillable products, and it’s just incredible. There’s nothing like it in Alberta, and when I walked in, it just clicked that I wanted to finally bring a piece of that model to my own store.”

In conjunction with the refillery, Jill has officially launched a give-back program. For every customer that refills a container or refuses a bag at the till, The Apothecary in Inglewood will provide them with a nickel to drop into a donation jar for an animal-centred charity, a women-centred charity, or a third charity chosen by the staff that will rotate on a monthly basis. This month’s featured charities are Pet Access League Society (PALS), Calgary Women’s Emergency Shelter, and Kidsport.

As essential oils become more mainstream, Jill is quick to dispel any misconception that The Apothecary in Inglewood is “only for the hippies.”

“We get guys coming in from downtown in their fancy suits picking things up for themselves or their families.”

“There’s something here for everyone.”


Visit The Apothecary in Inglewood online, or at 921 9th Ave SE.
Click here to register for classes at The Apothecary in Inglewood.
Learn more about zero-waste living here.
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Check out The Apothecary in Inglewood’s Sustainability Profile.

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Featured Event

Sustainability for Breakfast: Honouring International Women's Day

March 20, 2018 - March 20, 2018

River Cafe
25 Prince's Island

This month's Sustainability for Breakfast is in honour of International Women's Day. The 2018 campaign theme is #PressforProgress and we are pledging to celebrate women's achievements through a panel discussion and through content generated before, at and after the event. You are invited to join us to do the same using the #PressforProgress and #BeLocalYYC hashtags.

In this session we will host a panel discussion and hear from these inspirational local women entrepreneurs who have all made significant contributions in supporting other women to start their own ventures:

Evelyne Nyairo, Founder of Ellie Bianca, has started a skin care company that connects women across the world by sourcing clean ingredients directly from women's cooperatives in Africa.

Catherine Bell, Founder of Awakened Project, has partnered with an Alberta artist to design bracelets that celebrate awakening to a world that works for everyone and in which we can all lead fulfilled lives. The sale of her bracelets contribute to helping women start entrepreneurial ventures of their own.

Lara Murphy, Co-Founder of Ryan Murphy Construction, advocates for more women in leadership and business, and supports women entrepreneurs to create beautiful spaces to grow their businesses. She also helps women and their families through her work with Accessible Housing.

Celebrate with a delicious locally sourced breakfast, networking with Calgary's business leaders, and all of the inspiration and learning you can digest!

• Arrival, breakfast & networking 8:00-8:30 am
• Presentation and group discussions 8:30-9:45 am
• Wrap up 9:45-10:00 am

Food: Breakfast will include gluten-free and vegan options, coffee, and tea.

Access: This venue is accessible for all people with limited mobility; however, the nearest parking (at Eau Claire Market on the south side of Prince's Island) is 500 m from the restaurant along a paved pathway.

Parking: There is no parking available on Prince's Island. Eau Claire Market offers surface parking lots or underground parking for a fee. On the north side of the river, the Curling Club parking lot can be accessed from Memorial Drive and has metered parking until 6 pm. Please visit for transit options.

Registration: Payment is required at the time of your RSVP and is $30 per person. There will be a limited number of spaces at the door for those wishing to pay by Calgary Dollars.
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